Author Archives: Bex Outram, Assistant Reserve Manager

Seal Survival

Tuesday 9th October comments: The Grey Seals pup in every nook and cranny on the Isle of May and every year pups are born at Milldoor. This is a risky area for the seals; although quiet, it has a low-lying boulder … Continue reading

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Storm Ali

  Wednesday 19th September comments: Storm Ali has certainly hit the Isle of May with force today. With wind speeds gusting up to 70mph we have spent most of today sheltering indoors, listening to the howling gale outside. But this afternoon we … Continue reading

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The Volunteer Story

    Tuesday 18th September comments: Here is a little insight into the life of our long-term Isle of May volunteers, over to Sally….. Daryl, James and I were this years long-term volunteers, all of us coming from different backgrounds and … Continue reading

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Ending on a High

Wednesday 15th August comments: As we come to the end of our population blogs we shall end on a positive note. The Eiders are up 5% to 1,183 incubating females; the third ever highest count on the Isle of May, … Continue reading

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Not Everyones Favourite…Gulls!

  Monday 13th August comments: They might have a bad reputation but the gulls of the Isle of May are decreasing in number. Herring Gulls have declined by 11% over the past two years; with 3,398 pairs breeding, the lowest … Continue reading

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A Tern for the Worst

Saturday 10th August comments: After seven years of population increases the Isle of May tern numbers have fallen. The Arctic Terns have shown the largest decrease with a 69% drop, to 261 breeding pairs.  The Common Terns have decreased to 17 … Continue reading

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Counts Continued!

Friday 10th August comments: The cliff nesting birds on the Isle of May have all declined in numbers this year, following the trend of the Razorbills and Guillemots. The numbers of breeding pairs of Kittiwakes have fallen by 30%, to … Continue reading

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